Syrian going to prison in Germany for posing with severed head
Koblenz, Germany (dpa) – A man who posed with a severed head in his home country of Syria is being sent to prison in Germany for the crime, following a court ruling in the city of Koblenz on Thursday.
The western city’s higher regional court sentenced the man, who arrived in Germany as a refugee, to three and a half years’ imprisonment for war crimes as well as crimes he committed in the southern German state of Saarland.
The penalty for the war crime amounted to one and a half years.
The 34-year-old defendant, who had previous convictions related to assault and drug crimes in Germany, had admitted to the charges against him.
The Syrian man was convicted on Thursday of having posed with the severed head of a soldier in his war-torn country after having joined the armed resistance against the Syrian government. He later had the picture sent to his mobile phone so that he could brag about the crime, the court said.
Prosecutors had accused the man of decapitating the soldier himself.
The man’s father was killed in the Syrian civil war, while the defendant lost a leg in the violence.
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